The Reading / Listening - Spain Tourism - Level 5

Spain will replace the USA as the world's second most popular tourist destination. The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said 7 per cent more international tourists visited Spain in 2017. Spain's prime minister backed up the figures. He said the country had more than 82 million international visitors last year. This continues a trend as the figure for 2017 broke Spain's tourist arrival records for the fifth year in a row. This is despite the terror attack on Barcelona in August, and independence demonstrations in Spain's Catalonia region.



There was an 8 per cent increase in tourism to Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "Europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large and rather mature region." Africa is increasingly becoming an attractive destination. Tourism there went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific saw growth of 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, and tourism to the Americas grew by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel [is] consolidating the tourism sector as a key driver in economic development." France kept its position as the world's top tourist destination.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Spain Tourism - Level 4 or  Spain Tourism - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/spain-set-to-replace-us-as-second-most-popular-tourism-destination
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/spain-breaks-tourism-records-overtakes-11854884
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42692641


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Spain will
  2. popular tourist
  3. tourists
  4. Spain's prime minister backed
  5. This continues
  6. for the fifth year in
  7. despite the terror
  8. Spain's Catalonia
  1. a trend
  2. a row
  3. region
  4. attack on Barcelona
  5. replace the USA
  6. up the figures
  7. visited Spain in 2017
  8. destination

Paragraph 2

  1. an 8 per cent increase
  2. Europe recorded extraordinary
  3. Africa is increasingly becoming an
  4. Tourism there went
  5. the Pacific saw
  6. consolidating the tourism
  7. a key driver in economic
  8. the world's top tourist
  1. attractive destination
  2. development
  3. growth of 6 per cent
  4. destination
  5. results
  6. in tourism
  7. up by 8 per cent
  8. sector

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Spain (1) ___________________ USA as the world's second most popular (2) ___________________. The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said 7 per cent more international tourists visited Spain in 2017. Spain's prime minister (3) ___________________ figures. He said the country had more than 82 million international (4) __________________. This continues a trend as the figure for 2017 broke Spain's (5) ___________________ for the fifth year in a row. This (6) ___________________ terror attack on Barcelona in August, and independence demonstrations in Spain's Catalonia region.

There was an 8 per cent (7) ___________________ to Europe in 2017. The UNWTO said: "Europe recorded extraordinary results for (8) ___________________ and rather mature region." Africa is increasingly becoming (9) ___________________. Tourism there went up by 8 per cent. Asia and the Pacific saw growth of 6 per cent, the Middle East recorded 5 per cent, (10) ___________________ the Americas grew by 3 per cent. The UNWTO added: "International travel [is] consolidating the tourism sector as (11) ___________________ in economic development." France (12) ___________________ as the world's top tourist destination.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SpainwillreplacetheUSAastheworld'ssecondmostpopulartouristdest
ination.TheUNWorldTourismOrganization(UNWTO)said7percentmo
reinternationaltouristsvisitedSpainin2017.Spain'sprimeministerbac
kedupthefigures.Hesaidthecountryhadmorethan82millioninternatio
nalvisitorslastyear.Thiscontinuesatrendasthefigurefor2017brokeSp
ain'stouristarrivalrecordsforthefifthyearinarow.Thisisdespitetheterr
orattackonBarcelonainAugust,andindependencedemonstrationsinS
pain'sCataloniaregion.Therewasan8percentincreaseintourismtoEur
opein2017.TheUNWTOsaid:"Europerecordedextraordinaryresultsfo
rsuchalargeandrathermatureregion."Africaisincreasinglybecoming
anattractivedestination.Tourismtherewentupby8percent.Asiaandth
ePacificsawgrowthof6percent,theMiddleEastrecorded5percent,andt
ourismtotheAmericasgrewby3percent.TheUNWTOadded:"Internati
onaltravel[is]consolidatingthetourismsectorasakeydriverineconomi
cdevelopment."Francekeptitspositionastheworld'stoptouristdestina
tion.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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